The Brussels Bike Hundred

100 portraits, stories and bicycles

We’re teaming up with Bike for Brussels to put together a 100-strong selection of local heroes shaping the city each in their own way. From designers and DJs to performers and publishers, these are the creatives riding Brussels forward.

Arthur Van Cauwenberg

Arthur Van Cauwenberg

Photographer (1995)

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I’m a young vagabond studying art through photography. You can call me a light hunter.

How has Brussels shaped you as an individual as well as your professional activities?

Brussels’ melting pot created a sort of ecosystem that deeply influenced me both on a professional and personal level.

What do you like the most about Brussels?

  • The city is small and you can go anywhere by bike really quickly, which also allows you to make a detour to go places or see your friends on the way.
  • Traffic has its pros and cons: during rush hour, Brussels becomes a totally different city, which pushes you to learn how to cycle over and over again. The downside is that car drivers are (even) more tense than the usual.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • Autonomy: I can go anywhere I want, whenever I feel like it without relying on public transport or ending up stuck in traffic.
  • It makes me feel good and it’s a healthy physical activity.
  • It makes me feel free; nothing can stop me when I’m on my bicycle.

Nothing can stop me when I’m on my bicycle.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

  • The inner ring: a nice little stroll to clean up your lungs
  • Going downhill from Madou to the canal: a good adrenalin rush
  • Rue du Mystère/Mysteriestraat: a great hill with few cars and more pleasure.